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Thames Estuary: Environment Protection

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent in managing the Thames Estuary in each of the last five years. (231911)

The Environment Agency's total expenditure for flood risk management for the Thames Estuary in each of the last five years is shown in the following table.

Total

2004-05

17,052,000

2005-06

20,381,000

2006-07

17,831,000

2007-08

17,398,000

2008-09

17,593,600

Total expenditure includes capital and revenue figures. Capital expenditure includes schemes land capital replacement. Revenue expenditure includes operating, maintaining and inspecting structures including the Thames Barrier, Barking Barrier, Dartford Creek Barrier and associated floodgates and floodwalls.

The geographical area of expenditure is the Thames Estuary from Teddington to Kingsnorth Power Station on the south bank and Teddington to Wakering on the north bank.

In addition the Environment Agency has a £16 million strategy (Thames Estuary 2100 project) running from 2002 through to 2010 to develop a Thames tidal flood risk management plan up to 2100.